Top-Paying Software Engineer Specializations

As a software engineer, specializing in certain fields, such as machine learning or security, can be highly lucrative, says Nick Kolakowski.

According to info from, the top five highest-paying software engineer specializations are: 

  • AR/VR ($285K total median compensation)
  • Machine learning ($245K)
  • Distributed systems ($231K)
  • Security ($199K)
  • Site reliability ($190K)

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